Seattle Central Community College____________________________________
Health and Human Services
Course Syllabus 2011
Course: ITP 217: Professional Entry Preparation
Class Meets: 11:00-1:50 Tuesdays in BE#1148
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ITP 260 passed with a 2.5 GPA or better, or equivalent skills with
permission of instructor.
Instructor: Brenda Aron
Office: BE 1123
Phone: 206-452-5097 VP Email:
Office Hours: by appointment
Course Description: This course prepares students for entry into the world of
professional interpreting. Students will learn about the different kinds of
interpreting, requirements and regulations of this job including local, state, and
federal; accessing referral agencies and networking with future colleagues, the
business side of interpreting such as developing business cards, resumes, and
invoices. There will be guest presenters. In this class students are expected to
complete their graduation portfolio and exit interview with a passing grade.
Student Outcomes:
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
1. Have created an interpreting portfolio which includes your course work, videos;
resume, business card and invoice etc.
2. Have created a business card, invoice; professional resume and cover letter.
3. Be able to access on the web information pertinent to the field of interpretation
4. Be well informed about the interpreting opportunities on a local, regional, and
national level.
5. Pass your exit interview including voice to sign and sign to voice final
component of your portfolio with a grade of 2.5 or above
Methods of Instruction:
This course is based on lectures, discussions and demonstrations.; we will have
guest lecturers; and a final portfolio review.
Required Materials:
1. Current computer lab access & flash/thumb drive
2. Recommended student membership in WSRID
3. The Professional Sign Language Interpreter’s Handbook, 3 rd edition
by Linda Humphreys
Student Assignments:
A. Business Portfolio: create a business portfolio which should include a
a. business card, b. invoice, c. resume, d. cover letter, e. Billing matrix, f.
Develop an occupational resource notebook and g. create your own online
contact information such as Twitter, Facebook and/or Linked-In 70 points
B. Graduate Portfolio: Create a portfolio that contains your work on
videotape and/or online and materials developed for class as part of your
graduation and pass your exit interview which includes answering questions
related to knowledge about interpreting and interpreting ethics and complete
simultaneous interpretation test with a passing grade. 100 points
C. Outside Activity:
1. Network with peers and interpreting colleagues by attending a WSRID or
RID event &/or attend an event or workshop geared for interpreters at
least once this quarter. Write a one page paper or less outlining your
experience and a summary of what you have learned. 20 points
2. Culturally Respectful and Professional Behavior: (40 pts)
1. Attend and participate in class; be prepared and prompt
2. Use appropriate attire for when interacting in class and and in the Deaf
community as a volunteer, be professional in your dress, demeanor and
3. Work cooperatively with your peers and the instructor and adjust turntaking as appropriate and sign at all times in class
4. Be open to constructive feedback & implement suggestions from
5. Positively represent the ITP in the lab, to instructors, and staff in the
college and to the community at large
Assessment and Grades:
Your grade is based on a) class participation, b) the successful completion of
your assignments and final sign to voice and voice to sign with a grade of 2.5
or above.
Absence Policy:
As ASL is a visual language taught with a visual method, class attendance is
essential to learning. Any absences can impede a student’s progress.
However, some absences are unavoidable. Students who miss one class or
less will not have their grade affected. Students missing more than 1 class
period will have 25 points deducted from their final grade. Students missing
over 4 classes will have 50 points deducted from their final grade. Students
who frequently miss parts of the class may have those hours totaled to count
as absences from class.
Students shall be responsible for gathering all notes, materials and
information missed during an absence. Any missed in-class
assignments may not be made up. Any missed homework or evaluation
must be made up at the earliest date.
70 points for Business portfolio
100 points for Graduate Portfolio
40 points for culturally respectful behavior
20 points for attending an interpreting event/workshop
230 points
Your final grade will be reported as a decimal grade e.g. 3.7. Below is a
conversion table, which shows how the points and percentage grades relate
to letter and decimal grades.
230 –207
206 –184
183– 161
160 –138
137 -- 0
90% +
70% +
60% +
Letter Grade:
Decimal Points:
3.5- 4.0
2.5 –3.4
1.5 - 2.4
.5 – 1.4
0- .4
Note: If you need reasonable accommodations based on a documented
disability, have emergency information to share or require special
arrangements in case of an emergency evacuation, please make a
confidential appointment with me within the first two weeks of class.
Americans with Disabilities Act: If you are a student who is disabled as
defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or
support services, please seek assistance through the Disability Support Services
at 587-4183, room BE1147. A counselor will coordinate those services.
Course Withdrawal Policy
Students who are enrolled in Seattle Central Community College may withdraw
without penalty until the midpoint of the semester. After that time, they may
withdraw and receive a WF (withdrawn failing). An "F" will be averaged into their
Academic Honesty Policy:
Students who want to become professional interpreters need to develop
competencies and gain knowledge. There are no shortcuts. Students found to be
cheating or plagiarizing may receive a lowered grade on the material or in the
course. For information on appeals consult the Seattle Central Community
College Interpreting Training Program Handbook.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to 1) use of any unauthorized assistance,
resource or materials in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; or 2) dependence
upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized on writing papers, preparing
reports or videotapes, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or 3)
the acquisition, without permission, of a test or other academic material
belonging to Seattle Central Community College, to any department, or to any
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to 1) use, by paraphrase or direct
quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full
and clear acknowledgment, or 2) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by
another person; or 3) use of any agency engaged in the selling of term papers or
other academic materials.
These guidelines apply to works of written or spoken English and sign language.
Equal Opportunity Statement: No person shall, on the grounds of race, color,
sex, religion, creed, national origin, age or disability, be excluded from
employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be
subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by Seattle
Central Community College.
Affirmative Action Statement: Seattle Central Community College adheres to
affirmative action policies designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity for
all faculty and students.